Antique de Longpre Roses Print Fancy Frame.
This lithographic print is entitled Roses, and is by the French Victorian watercolorist, Paul de Longpre (see biography and photograph). It is a richly hued study of old garden roses in a tall vase. Several stems on the draped tabletop await their turn to be added into the composition. The artwork is really quite handsome, surrounded by a a soft sueded brown tone mat that echo's the softness of the rose petals and color hues perfectly. It also goes very well with the fancy burnished brown and copper accented composite frame with the same color tones. Both are in near fine condition, ready to hang. The overall size is 17.25 x 21 inches. This print was made by the Thomas D. Murphy Company of Red Oak, Iowa. Please keep in mind that the mat and frame are lighter than shown, the mat more of a lighter brown with hints of rose. The background is not grey, but has light brown shades with just a bit of rose hues.
Paul de Longpre biography:
Paul de Longpré (b. 1855, d. 1911), a French Victorian flower painter, was born in Villeurbanne, France (a suburb of Lyon). He was self-taught at a young age, favoring the little daisy and La France hybrid rose. De Longpre exhibited at the prestigious Paris Salon, but eventually lost most of his money in a bank collapse. He then emigrated to the United States in 1890, living in New York.
In an age when many artists were painting oils on dark, moody canvasses, de Longpre gained fame with his cheery, bright watercolor studies through a New York exhibition in the dead of winter. He eventually moved to Hollywood in 1899 where flowers were more plentiful year round, and befriended many influential residents and politicians. There he built a palatial Moorish style mansion, which became quite a large tourist attraction, and gleaned the coveted first stop on the famous Balloon Route Excursion. Tourists would walk from the rail cars into his rose garden, where they could enjoy his 3,000 rose bushes in full bloom, tour the mansion, and also buy original watercolor paintings.
De Longpre was one a very few artists who gained recognition and fame during his lifetime, and he was quite successful, parlaying his paintings into many different 1890’s media, such as: chromolithographic prints, celluloid mirror and photo albums, sheet music, shaving mirrors, seed and perfume displays, as well as using the studies for countless advertising prints. He died at the young age 56, from tuberculosis, a common malady at that time, after a long battle with an ear infection. He was survived by his three daughters, none of whom had children. His wife Josephine, and his daughter Pauline moved back to France after the mansion was sold, and in 1925, the mansion was demolished to make room for new bungalow housing. His watercolor paintings and chromolithograph prints are his greatest legacy, and are highly sought after.